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Astronaut Tweets Image of Potidea Canal in Chalkidiki, Greece

canalLast week, while gazing down at the magnificent Earth from space, astronaut Jeff Williams snapped a photo of the Potidea isthmus and canal in Chalkidiki, Greece and shared it on his twitter feed.
The photo has received much attention as it shows the historical canal seeped in rich Greek history as it is believed to have first been dug in the 1st century BC, later fixed by byzantine emperor J. Palaeogus in 1407, and played a crucial role in The Greek Revolution in 1821 when it was reopened providing passage between the two sides of the sea. The canal’s current form was created in 1930 and 1970 as the bridge of Potidea was built that links the two opposing shores of the Thermaic and the Toroneos Gulf.
Why all the talk about a Canal that has existed for over 2000 years? The photo Williams tweeted from space clearly shows the force of nature as over the past 2000 years, the two sides of the isthmus have displaced an affect of “coastal currents and erosion over 2000 years”, tweeted Williams.

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